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Former Chargers player criticizes organization over handling of Philip Rivers

NFL: NOV 02 Chargers at Dolphins Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Add another person to the list of Dean Spanos critics, except this one happened to actually play in the organization for two years, lives in San Diego, and hates the way the Philip Rivers situation is going. Rich Ohrnberger, a former NFL offensive lineman who played for the Patriots, Cardinals, and Chargers from 2009-2014, took to Twitter on Monday to voice his displeasure for all the news — real or fake — that’s come out recently on Rivers.

“As a former Chargers player and San Diego resident, I’m personally bothered how the team has handled their move away from the city of San Diego, the parting of ways with Eric Weddle, and NOW the treatment of Philip Rivers as he enters free-agency,” wrote Ohrnberger. Finishing it off with: “What an absolute mess.”

It’s probably a sentiment that ties Chargers fans even closer to Ohrnberger, who started seven games at center for San Diego in 2014, his last stint in the league. San Diegans also may know Ohrnberger from co-hosting The Mark and Rich Show on XTRA Sports 1360.

Ohrnberger was teammates with Weddle and Rivers for two seasons. Weddle was fined $10,000 for not going into the locker room at halftime in 2015 so that he could watch his daughter perform in the halftime show, then was placed on injured reserve and not allowed to fly with the team for their Week 17 matchup. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the next three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Rivers is set to be a free agent after 16 seasons with the organization and the Chargers have yet to announce their intentions at quarterback for 2020. At this point, it doesn’t seem like either are in each other’s plans for the future.